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Reply #21 - yesterday at 1:24pm
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I'm slowly making progress and have started to cover.
  

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Reply #20 - Sep 14th, 2020 at 5:30pm
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Brad,
Great to know you're no longer in the evacuate zone. 

The VariEze is looking fantastic!  Great progress!
  

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Reply #19 - Sep 14th, 2020 at 11:57am
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I made some good progress while we stayed indoors all weekend due to the extremely bad smoke in the area (Portland, Oregon area)  CryCry   We are happy that we are no longer in a 'prepare to evacuate zone' and that the smoke should be clearing away my the end of the week.  Fingers crossed.

I got the landing gear assembled into the removable plug and it really turned out well - IMO.  I also got the canopy plug carved and ready to prime.  I did lots of little fiddly work preparing the frame work for covering and trying to figure out what I'm going to do for the rear motor cowls and lower air scoop.

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Reply #18 - Sep 11th, 2020 at 11:38am
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Brad wrote on Sep 10th, 2020 at 6:41pm:
Quick update.  My lamination worked well, but it was brittle.  I added one layer of fiberglass to the outside surface and..... it's perfect.  Tough, strong and light ish.  Smiley

I'll post more photos as I progress.  We are busy prepping for wildfire evacuations now getting our go bags and important documents etc. ready to go.  Plus another video inventory of the entire house.  Oh what fun.

Here is a shot of the sky last night.  Fires are closer today.  I jokingly said, "it's like I'm running my smoker in the house!!".  ha.

I'm not to worried, but better safe than sorry.  I hope that anyone else on the west coast of USA is doing OK.  It's bad from California to Washington - I'm in the middle in Oregon.

Tom, you OK up in Washington?

Brad


Glad your laminations worked out ok. 
The smoke hasn't helped this battle with bronchitis but doing well.  No danger of local fires but the smoke is hanging heavy in this area.  We live on the foothills in Kelso, WA and we can't see across the valley so much smoke! Almost reminds me of my youth in the LA area with the smog and days of smog alerts to stay inside and be careful breathing the smog. 

Stay safe Brad...caution is always the best policy when it comes to wild fires!  Things can change so fast!  Our best wishes to all those on the west coast dealing with the wild fires!  Praying for rain and low winds to bring them under control.
Tom
  

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Reply #17 - Sep 10th, 2020 at 6:41pm
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Quick update.  My lamination worked well, but it was brittle.  I added one layer of fiberglass to the outside surface and..... it's perfect.  Tough, strong and light ish.  Smiley

I'll post more photos as I progress.  We are busy prepping for wildfire evacuations now getting our go bags and important documents etc. ready to go.  Plus another video inventory of the entire house.  Oh what fun.

Here is a shot of the sky last night.  Fires are closer today.  I jokingly said, "it's like I'm running my smoker in the house!!".  ha.

I'm not to worried, but better safe than sorry.  I hope that anyone else on the west coast of USA is doing OK.  It's bad from California to Washington - I'm in the middle in Oregon.

Tom, you OK up in Washington?

Brad
  

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Reply #16 - Sep 7th, 2020 at 7:16pm
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Thanks everyone for the LG ideas.  I have a feeling I may be revisiting them soon  Smiley

I got the bottom stringers in place and looking pretty good.  I cut out the opening for my LG attachment.  I also have a plain filler section to use when I fly it.

I dove into my first attempt at the curved landing gear.  I went with two strips of 1/32nd cut at 45 degrees across the grain.  In between these are my strip of aluminum with the balsa 1/32nd top and bottom with gain opposite the other side.  I soaked the 32nd in hot water and made the laminate sandwich and taped against a jar.  I then saturated the composite with thin CA - and part of my hand  Smiley  I did a glue test prior and found that wood glue doesn't work at all (left end of test), metal/wood cement was next best (middle of test) but still no good but CA - Yes.  The photo shows the right hand CA test that has a layer of balsa from the test piece still attached.

Tomorrow afternoon I'll undo it and see how it turned out. 

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Reply #15 - Sep 6th, 2020 at 3:42pm
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I'd recommend laminating three layers of sub-1/32" strip over a form to make the LG struts - that'll be plenty strong for display purposes.  If you want to keep them on for flying embedding some .020 or .025 music wire in the lamination should be plenty robust.  I did this for the bent gear fairings on my Broussard and they held up very well during its prematurely-ended flying career.

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Reply #14 - Sep 6th, 2020 at 3:20pm
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If you're not using music wire, you might consider a thin strip of bamboo bent by heat treating the bend area either with a candle or soldering iron.  Just be careful in heating the bamboo or it will become brittle and not bend!  Don't ask how I discovered this! Embarrassed Cry Grin Wink
  

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Reply #13 - Sep 5th, 2020 at 12:24pm
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I got a nice piece of my aluminum can cut for the landing gear.  I'm not sure it even worth messing with.  Now that it's cut it has almost zero strength.  A lamination will help, but I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.

I also started on the LG and filler blocks which will be removable so I can display the plan with landing gear and fly with all LG removed.
  

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Reply #12 - Aug 29th, 2020 at 11:14am
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Lots of area to the canard, so it should fly well. Looks different, so it draws the eye. Nice!  Smiley
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Reply #11 - Aug 29th, 2020 at 7:13am
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Now it really looks great. Super subject and well put together.
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Reply #10 - Aug 29th, 2020 at 12:31am
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The mockup looks great.  I always have to do this too.  Just gotta see what she's starting to look like!  This is turning out very nice! Smiley
  

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Reply #9 - Aug 28th, 2020 at 8:03pm
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Good progress late this afternoon.  I couldn't help but temp it all together for a shot of the bones.  It's a nice looking little plane  Smiley

I'm going to have to start thinking about the landing gear and carving the canopy plug.
  

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Reply #8 - Aug 27th, 2020 at 8:10pm
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Was following your posts on HPA also and I think they answered your question about the belly of the plan.  That it was probably based on the prototype VW engined version.  You're making great progress!
  

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Reply #7 - Aug 27th, 2020 at 4:53pm
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Fuselage coming together.
  

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